"as you pass by/ when you pass by"

Mina_

Senior Member
Turkish
Hi

Could someone tell me which conjunction I should use in that sentence below?

—Close the window as you pass by
Or
—Close the window when you pass by.
 
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    Both are okay, but the meanings are not quite the same, so it depends on context.
    If the person is about to go somewhere (more or less immediately), and this will involve passing by the window, you can ask them to close it "on your way past", or "as you pass it".
    "When" would be better suited to a situation where the anticipated passing is later. This would be roughly equivalent to "the next time you pass it" (whenever that might be).
     

    Mina_

    Senior Member
    Turkish
    Both are okay, but the meanings are not quite the same, so it depends on context.
    If the person is about to go somewhere (more or less immediately), and this will involve passing by the window, you can ask them to close it "on your way past", or "as you pass it".
    "When" would be better suited to a situation where the anticipated passing is later. This would be roughly equivalent to "the next time you pass it" (whenever that might be).
    Thanks for your explanation:)
     
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